The newest addition to the Tengda family is now open on Scarsdale’s Garth Road. It took nearly a year and a half for the Asian fusion restaurant to open, but now Tengda in Scarsdale has joined the chain of the seven popular restaurants located throughout Connecticut and New York.
Upon entering the dimly lit restaurant I received a warm welcome and was seated quickly in the middle of the restaurant. This was a Tuesday night in July, but the restaurant felt happening and many tables were filled. The first thing I noticed after being seated was the menu. Tengda offered a surprisingly extensive menu containing all types of Asian cuisine, which at first seemed long and intimidating. Although no one was watching their weight at my table, dieters should be happy to know that Tengda offers a separate diet menu. After several minutes of reading I finally decided on a meal. The waitress was at the table to take my order as soon as I closed the menu and was willing to answer all my questions.
While waiting for my food I took note of the restaurants décor, which was as eclectic as its menu items. The restaurant glowed from the blue lights by the sushi bar, which added nicely to the modern vibe. On one side of the restaurant, Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors sat on shelves on the wall, while the other side featured several Buddha. The restaurant felt open yet private at the same time, due to the small wall in the middle of the room. The restaurant’s bar also added to the ambiance, as its white light backed the drinks and the bartender. I found the restaurants mix of cultures and time periods both refreshing and cool.
After a short wait, I not only received my party’s appetizers (Thai Chicken lettuce wrap, fried calamari salad, and fire cracker shrimp) but a complimentary whitefish tempura as well. The restaurants portions were large, and definitely meant for sharing. Everything tasted fresh and delicious. The Thai Chicken was shredded in a spicy hoisin sauce, along with long bean, bell pepper, and jicama and was served with crispy iceberg lettuce wraps – which were readily replenished when we asked for more. The fried calamari salad had a unique spicy sweet sauce and was different from other fried calamari I have ever had. The calamari was good, but was fried in a way that did not leave it very crispy. The Fire Cracker Shrimp, which I thought was the best of all the appetizers, was sweet and crunchy to perfection. The whitefish tempura was really enjoyable as well—the fish was fresh and the tempura was crispy.
After digging into the appetizers, we awaited our rolls and a fish entrée. Our sea bass, dynamite roll, eel avocado roll, rock shrimp roll, and spicy yellowtail roll arrived very quickly. Everything was nicely presented, and was as fresh and tasty as it looked. Each roll had a unique taste and everybody was happy with their choices.
Last and perhaps best was dessert. We ordered a chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream, a flaming fried ice cream and some ginger and green tea ice cream. The dessert portions were large and meant for sharing like the regular menu items, so my table spent some time trying each others dishes and comparing them. After finishing, we agreed they were all very, very good in their own way.
I found Tengda to be a pleasant surprise. They offer something for everyone and are a great addition to the Scarsdale restaurant scene. They are open for both lunch and dinner, and offer free delivery, so whenever you have the time, give Tengda a try.
56 Garth Road,
Phone Number: 1(914) 723-8868
Hours: Monday- Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Friday-Saturday 11:30 AM to 11 PMSunday 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Author Brian Shabto will be a senior at Scarsdale High School this September.